COVID-19 in South Dakota: 384 total new cases; Death toll rises to 2,392; Active cases at 7,688


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — There were 384 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Thursday, bringing the state’s total case count to 170,800, up from Wednesday (170,416).

The number of active cases reported on Thursday is at 7,688, down from Wednesday (7,752).

There were eight new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,392. The new deaths include six men and two woman in the following age ranges: 1 in the 50-59, 2 in the 60-69, 2 in the 70-79, 3 in the 80+.

Current hospitalizations are at 270, up from Wednesday (267). Total hospitalizations are at 8,658, up from Wednesday (8,628,).

Total recovered cases are now at 160,720, up from Wednesday (160,280).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,747,872 total tests reported as of Thursday, up 4,074 from 1,743,798 total tests reported Tuesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 15.0% for Dec. 1 – 7.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 63 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,096 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Thursday, 65.68% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 54.39% have completed the vaccination series. 18.07% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 582,783 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 418,970 of the Moderna vaccine and 34,468 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 167,799 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 235,438 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 77,710 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 60,901 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,676 have received a Janssen booster.

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